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Let's Go Downtown and Watch the Failparade!
Oh, Elizabeth Moon! How could you write a post like that knowing it was bound raise a stink? The only answer is malice. Good citizens don't do that sort of thing, you know.

Honestly, though I know ours is a small community and in the larger scheme we are not terribly important, I am continually embarrassed every time someone raises a rock and exposes how much prejudice is still crawling around at the bottom of the SFF world. I want us, whose job it is to chronicle the future and a wealth of alternatives to the here and now, to be better than this. Why are we not better than this? How can people who make it their business to imagine and empathize with the truly alien offer such meager treatment to other humans?

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This is a common theme in the folks that object to the Cordoba House/Park51 Project. It casts the objectors as the sullied community and the project as the interloper, when it's actually the other way around. Muslims had been part of the local community for decades and were tending to their communities needs. Using the term "immigrant" denies the community feeling that they've been tending to this entire time.

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